Bryce Harper, Jason Kelce Among Philadelphia Athletes to Honor Kobe Bryant on 42nd Birthday

Jordan Cohn
August 23, 2020 - 5:49 pm

Kobe Bryant may have left his deepest imprint out on the West Coast after years and years of success in Los Angeles, but his impact in Philadelphia comes in at a close second. After all, Kobe was born and raised in and around the City of Brotherly Love (for a large part of his youth), attended high school at Lower Merion in Ardmore, and influenced countless athletes in the Philly area.

So, on what would have been the Black Mamba's 42nd birthday, it comes as no surprise that several prominent figures and teams in Philadelphia sports took the time to pay tribute to Kobe for all that he had given to the world before he was taken too early in a tragic helicopter crash.

Of course, tributes from the world of Philadelphia basketball were frequent. The 76ers posted an image of Kobe waving to a loving crowd on the Sixers' home turf, which shows just how highly respected Kobe was. After all, you know how Philly crowds are.

Allen Iverson, a frequent adversary of Bryant on the court, paid tribute to Kobe's toughness with a video.

The Lower Merion basketball team posted a tribute video of Kobe, showing a high school highlight.

Though not quite in Philly, the members of Penn State Men's Basketball team expressed their gratitude toward Kobe in a heartfelt video.

Phillies star Bryce Harper, who is a front runner for the National League MVP Award in 2020, honored Kobe -- an MVP himself, during the 2007-08 season -- by wearing a Black Mamba jersey underneath his Phillies uniform during Sunday night's game, along with Kobe cleats.

Teammate Andrew McCutchen also recognized Kobe and wished the NBA Hall of Famer a happy birthday.

Kobe's influence also found its way to the football field. Center Jason Kelce strode into practice donning Kobe's high school jersey.

New cornerback Darius Slay gave him GOAT recognition in his birthday wish.

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson shared an image of the mural on the wall at NovaCare Complex, displaying Kobe's 10 rules.

Running back Miles Sanders expressed his appreciation for Kobe by retweeting and commenting on ESPN's tweet.

Jason Peters posted multiple pictures on his Instagram to show his appreciation of Bryant's legacy.

Additionally, Zach Ertz posted a picture of a jersey that Kobe signed and addressed to the Pro Bowl tight end on his Instagram story with the caption "HBD GOAT."

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